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 Jingbei Jia,Zhi Zong.Experimental Study on the Configuration Hydrodynamics of Trimaran Ships[J].Journal of Marine Science and Application,2022,(3):46-55.[doi:10.1007/s11804-022-00281-y]
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Experimental Study on the Configuration Hydrodynamics of Trimaran Ships


Experimental Study on the Configuration Hydrodynamics of Trimaran Ships
Jingbei Jia1 Zhi Zong23
Jingbei Jia1 Zhi Zong23
1 School of Navigation and Naval Architecture, Dalian Ocean University, Dalian 16023, China;
2 School of Naval Architecture Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, China;
3 State Key Laboratory of Structural Analysis for Industrial Equipment, Dalian 116024, China
Trimaran ship|Configuration|Hydrodynamics|Splash resistance|Spectra of optimum configurations
This paper presents experimental results on configuration hydrodynamics. Three models are used in the model tests, which are typical of hard, round, and soft chines. Although specific values are different, the influence patterns are similar in the three ship models. A set of different outrigger positions is investigated in calm water and regular waves. A variety of interesting phenomena are observed, among which the splash resistance is the dominant component for a trimaran at high speeds (with Froude number Fr > 0.6). If two small outriggers are placed inside Kelvin’s wave systems of the main hull, a strong splash appears, resulting in a significant resistance increase. Moreover, short and long waves cannot be neglected, for they may excite the motions of much smaller outriggers. This condition leads to non-vanishing heaving at high-frequency and non-normalized pitches at low frequencies. Based on the tests, three spectra of optimum configurations for resistance, longitudinal motions, and transverse motions are presented. These results reveal the optimum configurations of a trimaran hull in terms of hydrodynamic performance, thus providing a very powerful tool for optimum design of trimaran ships.


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Received date:2022-05-07;Accepted date:2022-06-18。
Foundation item:Supported by the Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant Nos. 52171294 and 52192692
Corresponding author:Zhi Zong,E-mail:zongzhi@dlut.edu.cn
Last Update: 2022-10-09